On Sunday 8th March, it will be one hundred and fifty years ago to the day sine the Rt. Revd. Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Winchester, and son of the anti-slavery campaigner, William Wilberforce, conducted a service of dedication and consecration at our newly-built parish church here in Colbury. To mark this occasion and to celebrate thr role played by the church in the lives of local people for all those years, the current Bishop of Winchester, the Rt. Revd. Tim Dakin, is coming to lead a Service of Thanksgiving. While here, the Bishop will also dedicate a memorial Stone to commemorate the former residents of the Ashurst Workhouse who are buried in unmarked graves in the churchyard.
Bishop Wilberforce came to Christ Church, Colbury towards the end of his energetic and sometimes controversial life. he was to die after falling from a horse in 1873 at the age of 67. During his life, he served as a Chaplain to Prince Albert, was a Fellow of the Royal Society and at a famous public debate with T H Huxley challenged the argument of Darwin’s Origin of Species on scientific rather than religious grounds. in contrast to a highly active and influential public life, he is believed to have been at heart a tender, sympathetic sincere man. How fascinating it would be if we could be a fly on the wall at the Consecration Service here in Colbury in 1870 and see how he conducted himself with local people.
Compared to many parish churches, Colbury is still very young but even so the changes in the life, shape and population of the parsih have been enormous. The Bishop’s visit on March 8th will mark the start of a year of special events, including concerts, a flower festival and something festive at Christmas. while many of you will have stepped into the Church Rooms, there are those who have never set foot inside the church itself, though many local children will have done so on school visits. We hope to offer various opportunites this year for people to do this.
Please take this as an invitation to watch out for special events this year and to come along and support us as often as you like during 2020, a significant year in the life of the parish church of Colbury and Ashurst.
Unfortunately, until further notice we have had to suspend our monthly afternoon meetings where we enjoy homemade cakes, cups of tea over livley chatter.
Take care and stay safe
Unfortunately, our monthly meetings of Soup and Sweet have had to be stopped until further notice.
Take care and stay safe
We invite you to join us for a fun quiz night with a fish and chip supper in the church rooms on Saturday 25th February 2017 at 7.30pm. £10. There is a choice of fish, chicken, sausage or a vegetarian option, choices to be made at time of booking, followed by an ice cream dessert. Please bring you own drinks.
Proceeds will be going towards the “Churches Together Fun Day” on June 17th at Testwood Recreation Ground, Salisbury Road, Totton.
For more details and booking please contact:
Bev Winch 02380 292528
Viv Burch 02380 293351
All our services are very different at the moment. Seating is very limited due to Covid 19 restrictions, so please book your place for each servi ce by phoning Jan Dougherty on 02380 869085.
Services in church throughout December are all Morning Praise at 9.30am. There are no services on December 27th.
Alternatively, each week there is a Zoom Service at 11am, with the meeting starting from 10.30am. If you would like to participate please phone Rev Graham Mayer 02380 293321 for more details.
We look forward very much to sharing the joy and love of God with you all this Christmas. Additional services for the Festive Season:
Sunday 20th December 2.30pm (Please phone Jan to book) Weather permitting this will be an outside carol service as we are permitted to sing outside. We are also hoping there will be a small band to accompany us. Family bubbles are allowed to be together.
5pm Carol service in the church (Please phone Jan to book)
Christmas Day 9.30am: (Please phone Jan to book)
Christmas Celebrations for all ages
Christmas Day Zoom service 11am
The story of Jesus’ birth through readings and carols. The very heart of Christmas
We will be holding our annual autumn/Christmas Fair on November 23rd 2019 between 11am and 3pm. There will be the usual selection of stalls including jewellery, cakes, books, chocolate tombola, toys, china and glass and a raffle.
Our social committee provide a delicious range of lunches including a choice of soup, lasagne, baked potatoes with a variety of fillings and wonderful desserts all at incredible low prices.
You would be made most welcome, so please come along and spend a few hours meeting new people and friends.
Come for coffee and stay for lunch.